RIAS Accreditation Scheme

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In collaboration with the Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland, an accreditation scheme has been developed and piloted.

With Sust support, the RIAS successfully completed a pilot in sustainable building design accreditation in 2004. This scheme developed from an idea floated by Gaia Research in 2000 as part of their DTI sponsored Sustainable Construction CPD project (www.gaiagroup.org).

In 2003/4, ‘Sust.: The Lighthouse on Sustainability’, supported the development of a pilot accreditation scheme. The scheme allows architects who have a proven track record in sustainable design to have their experience and skills independently endorsed.

The accreditation scheme recognises four levels of skill based in built work, with the special star* recognition of innovation within each level. Accreditation remains in place for 5 years, subject to upgrading or renewal.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of their career, qualifications and specialist areas of knowledge or activity; and a range of project work/case studies. These are assessed by independent peer review.

Sust developed an Exhibition for the launch of the scheme, which took place at the Scottish Parliament in February 2005.

This can be downloaded as a Flash Presentation by clicking on the link opposite.

Further information on the eligibility for accreditation, the application form and guidance notes, and a full list of accredited architects can be found on the RIAS web site by clicking on the link opposite.

Accredited Architects in Sustainable Architecture are:


John Gilbert, John Gilbert Architects
Howard Liddell, Gaia Architects
Chris Morgan, Locate Architects
Bruce Newlands, Kraft Architecture
Roan Rutherford, Austin-Smith: Lord
Barbara Seel, Erdal Architects

Paul Barham, Barham Glen Architects
Matt Bridgestock, John Gilbert Architects
Oliver Chapman, Oliver Chapman Architects
Catherine Cosgrove, Austin-Smith: Lord
Gokay Deveci, The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture
Arnie Dunn
Gerry Farquharson, Gerry Farquharson: Architect
Gordon Fleming, ARPL Architects Ltd
Ms Alison Glen, Barham Glen Architects Ltd
Gillian Hanley, Crew Architects
Jenny Humphreys, Simpson & Brown Architects
Matthew Andrew Jack, Assist Architects
Christopher Johnstone, Dallman Johnstone Architects
John Manning, John Manning Chartered Architect
Fiona McNeill, Ian Springford Architects
Jonathan McQuillian, Anderson Bell Christie
Stephen Miles, Scott Brownrigg
Euan Millar, ICOSIS Architects
Thomas Morton, Arc Architects
Karen Pickering, Page\Park Architects
Colin Potter, Architeco
Benjamin Rainger, Keppie Design
Alistair Scott, Smith Scott Mullan Associates
David Somerville, Chartered Architects
Bruce Stephens, Bell Ingram Design
Chris Stewart, Collective Architecture
Simon Winstanley, Simon Winstanley Architects


The six specified criteria that architects should demonstrate are:

1. Designing for Effective Resource use
2. Minimising Pollution
3. Supporting Communities
4. Promoting Biodiversity
5. Creating Healthy Environments
6. Managing the Build Process

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